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Episode 184 – Dr. John Charles – The Martian / audio

The Martian

Dr. John Charles (@csm014 on twitter) returns with host Craig Price to talk the reality of the movie The Martian. As we learned from his past episode, Dr. Charles works at NASA’s Human Research Program learning how to protect the delicate human body from the harsh reality of space travel. But what happens once we get there? The Matt Damon movie The Martian covers this and then some, speculating on how one man could survive on Mars for 500 days. It’s a great movie but how much of it is feasible? Craig and Dr. Charles discuss the power of duct tape, the magic of potatoes, how fine the dust and dirt on Mars actually is and how windy is it there. A  massive SPOILER ALERT is needed so if you haven’t seen the movie, go now and then come right back here to listen on what’s true and what is artistic license.

You can read Dr. Charles’ blog  astrocryptotriviology.blogspot.com, an occasional blog covering obscure but interesting minor aspects of spaceflight, and what they tell us about the grand human adventure that is space exploration.

Also, Craig’s annual charity calendar supporting Orangutan Outreach is now available. Buy one (or a dozen) today!

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Episode 132 – Dr. John Charles PhD – Space Travel / audio

Space Travel

Dr. John Charles (@csm014 on twitter) joins host Craig Price to talk the reality of space travel. Being a super nerd and getting the chance to visit NASA earlier in the year, Craig was super geeked to be able to talk to someone actually helping NASA get people into space and beyond safely. Dr. Charles works at NASA’s Human Research Program learning how to protect the delicate human body from the harsh reality of space travel. The two discuss why squishing internal organs isn’t something you want to do first thing on a mission, why bone density decreases the longer you are in zero G and why cosmic radiation will be the biggest hurdle for space travelers. They also talk about artificial gravity’s progress (or lack there of), what space travel will look like in 100 years and how deficient Craig’s vocabulary is compared to a dual doctorate.

You can read Dr. Charles’ blog  astrocryptotriviology.blogspot.com, an occasional blog covering obscure but interesting minor aspects of spaceflight, and what they tell us about the grand human adventure that is space exploration.

 

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